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Defending Sophie

(GHOST #1)

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Accused of murder and on the run, Sophie must turn to the one man she could never have.

Investigating her friend’s suspicious death, Sophie’s only source of information turns up dead - and she’s the prime suspect. Forced into hiding, she turns to her brother’s best friend to help keep her alive, clear her name, and find the killer before she becomes the next victim.

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Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published May 14th 2019
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Joelle
Let's start off by saying this was our first read by this author and we throughly enjoyed our first read by them.

The story had you enmeshed in the story right from the beginning as it started off with a bang and drew you right in.The story was suspenseful and intriguing and one twisted plot that kept us glued to the pages the entire time.

Loved Sophie and Gaige and Hawk they made a great team.We loved the suspenseful story that was filled with chemistry and intrigue,murder,sexy times,forging new
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Cindy Reifel
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sophie is running for her life because she knows too much. She frantically calls Gaige, her boyhood crush who she hasn't seen in years, to help her just before she's attacked. Gaige, one of the GHOST team creators, grabs an extra team member just in case he needs help and, heads toward Sophie. Gaige is somewhat hesitant about this because, Sophie hasn't told him anything about her problems but, since she has always been the one woman he can't forget, he is determined to do whatever he can to kee ...more
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
If you are looking for a book that will leave you on the edge of your seat and unable to put it down -look no further. Running for her life, Sophie calls on her deceased brother's best friend, and highly classified private secret operative, Gaige for help. What she does not realize is that Gaige has dreamed of connecting with her for years but was afraid to go against the bro code. Caught up in a wild ride of lies, deception, rape and murder the two not only figure out the mystery but also find ...more
Yvonne Cruz
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This talented author has started her new series with a home run in Defending Sophie.
Gaige Vickers, is former military, and now runs GHOST.
Sophie Turner, is in the Army and currently running for her life after being accused of murder.
Desperate for help, Sophie calls Gaige, a man that not only was her deceased brother’s best friend, and one she trusts, but also the one she’s been half in love for over 20 years.
Gaige will do anything for Sophie and engages the GHOST group to assist him.
Will they s
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V Meade
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sophie and Gaige have known each other since she was a teenager. They felt the attraction, but due to circumstances neither one acts on the attraction. When Sophie finds herself in trouble she calls Gaige, the only person she believes she can trust. The problems they face keep twisting and turning and no one knows who can be trusted. Will they live long enough to unravel the mysteries that keep coming at them? Are Sophie and Gaiges feelings strong enough to last beyond the adreneline fueled miss ...more
Tami czenkus
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I love this group of characters!! P.J Fiala does a superb job at the development of each and every character she writes and Defending Sophie is no different!! There is angst, suspense and some steamy scenes that make you feel that you are a part of the story!! I can't wait to see what is in store for us with the rest of GHOST.
Deb Le
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG this is a fantastic read. I love kickass heroines, but Sophie is one of my favourites because we also see a vulnerable, feminine side to her which doesn't take away from her combative side. Fast paced plot with great characters. I loved this one. I received an ARC of this book and chose to leave a review.
Kim Ruiz
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! This book has everything you want a book to have. Wonderful characters and supporting characters, action, intrigue,it's sexy, and a few good tears. This is one for your keeper shelf. I can't wait for more in this series and definitely recommend reading!
I received a free copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving a review
Samantha Jayne Grubey (ABookHaven)
May 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, arc
I tried so hard to get into this book and it just didn't happen. I couldn't connect with the characters and I just couldn't keep myself interested. I don't know whether maybe I'm just not feeling the book or what. But I just couldn't get into it at all.
Paula
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really think Defending Sophie is a fantastic story. It's cram packed full of suspense and intrigue and a long time hidden crushes . Sophie Turner is in danger and accused of murder on the run she calls an seeks help from
Gaige Vickers the leader of Ghost Operations and long time secret crush . Gaige having long time hidden feelings for Sophie flys to her rescue with back up an help from Ghost Operatives . They must keep Sophie safe and find all the answers to clear her and her name an find the
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Sue
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read. You have all the action, betrayals, steam and mystery you could want. Sophie is active duty Army but she's on the run, accused of murder, AWOL and trying to find out who murdered her best friend. She calls Gaige for help. Her, Gaige and her brother Tate grew up together and she has always loved Gaige and vice versa. I love GiGi who helped Sophie when she needed it.
Sassy Southern
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Sophie is investigating her friend's death, having suspicions about the circumstances. But when her informant turns up dead, Sophie is the first person they suspect. Having no other choice but to hide, there's only one person that can help clear her name and find the real killer, all while keeping her alive...her brother's best friend.

Gaige has wanted Sophie for a long time, but never acted on it in deference to who she is and his friendship with her brother. But when he learns she's in danger,
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Terra Oenning
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wowsa I absolutely loved this book and the storyline flowed from the beginning until the end and all the characters were absolutely awesome. I am so very blessed to have been able to get an arc and I am absolutely blown away by this book.
Sophie must call the man shes loved since she was 16 and ask for help before someone gets to her and kills her. Gaige runs GHOST and was Sophie brother best friend until tragically he was killed in Afghanistan. Gaige has longed for his best friend sister and no
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Jennifer Pierson
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
PJ Fiala is a new to me author, and I gotta say, I'm already in love with her exciting writing style that I found quite addictive. I mean, anytime an author starts a story out with an S.O.S call with some ninja moves afterwards, I already know that the story will keep me on the edge of my seat. And those ninja was the heroine which means she's a bad a** though she's the one on the run from danger. See, Sophie is in some serious trouble, after her is murdered, but it's put down to suicide. She do ...more
Ashley Jasper
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my yes! PJ Fiala is a brand new author to me but I am a BIG fan. I was so into this from the first page. The suspense and danger kept my pulse pounding. And there was so many twists that I had no idea what was going to happen next.

I liked Sophie. A lot. She was such a strong woman both physically and emotionally but the events of the past few months left her feeling unlike herself; vulnerable. Not knowing what to do, she turned to the one man she knew would be able to help, Gaige. Talk about
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Ga Books LoverX
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an awesome read with some major twists and turns! I am a huge fan of military reads and even more so for Second Chance romances-- and this has those in spades!

The story starts off fast, which I am totally behind, with Sophie on the run and panicked and not sure who she can call. She reaches out to someone who she has not seen/talked to in about 10 years- Gaige. A guy that used to be her brother's best friend before he died in Afghanistan. Not only did he used to be her brother's best f
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Shyann
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, adult, arc, romance
Sophie needs help and fast. Her friend is dead already and she’s sure she’ll be next. Not knowing who else she can trust she calls her ex crush from back in the day. Gaige, leader of the special ops team GHOST, immediately flies out to help the woman he’s never been able to get off his mind and together they start to uncover some ugly dealings within the military. But will the villains get to them before they have the chance to expose the truth?

P.J Fiala definitely knows how to draw you into a
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Kim
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sophie Turner needs help and the only person she can call is a GHOST. Since the passing of her best friend Kate and the digging the two of them had been doing before Kate was allegedly murdered has Sophie turning to the ONLY person she know can and hopefully will help her .. Gaige Vickers .. if he remembers her.

Gaige is now the head of GHOST but when he gets a phone call from Sophie he drops everything to help her. Is it because of her brother Tate, his best friend, his partner or is it because
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Viper Spaulding
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Non-stop action kept me glued to this book!

I absolutely loved that this book has a fierce heroine who can more than hold her own, but is smart enough to call in reinforcements when she's clearly outgunned and outnumbered. Sophie doesn't back down from investigating her friend's death, even calling in her late brother's best friend, Gaige, when things spiral out of control. Gaige drops everything to race across the country to help, bringing all his resources along with him.

Throughout the investig
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Reading Addict
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
No one enjoys a good military type romantic suspense book more than I do but I have to say that Defending Sophie could have been so much better had the author proofread this book. When I read a story, I want to get lost in it rather than feel as if I need to have my red pen handy. There's a big difference between YOUR and YOU'RE and IF and IT. Sometimes the word LAID is called for rather than the word LAY. The list goes on and on. The story itself is good. We have Gaige the man in charge of GHOS ...more
Sheila Schoenauer
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy a brother's best friend book. I love it even more when the hero and heroine have a past. These two definitely had a past. They both were in love with the other yet never said or did anything about it. Well faith has decided to step in, and unfortunately faith has thrown a twist into the whole scenario. Sophie is on the run and the only one who can help her is Gaige. I wasn't sure what I would think of this book but I honestly enjoyed it. At first I thought it would be full of a bu ...more
Teri
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She needs him. He hadn't heard from her for too long, not since her brother died, but that didn't mean he didn't want her. He had hidden his feelings for over 20 years knowing that nothing could come of it but now she needed him. I haven't read much of this authors work but I do love how this series is starting out. These are standalone reads with carry over characters (my favorite kind of series). So far it's looking to be one with plenty of action and suspense. This one had such great twist go ...more
Connie
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

This was a wonderful story. The action started immediately and kept up all the way through. The twists and turns that the plot takes really kept me guessing. Sophie calls Gaige Vickers of GHOST to come to her aid. She is in trouble. Her best friend was raped and then subsequently murdered but the death certificate listed the cause of death as a suicide. Sophie goes to the ME and says that she has proof that wasn't the
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Cheryl
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
You meet Sophie running for her life and off this novel goes. Tough, intelligent, trying to do the right thing by her murdered best friend - and she needs help. Calling Gaige. He was her brothers best friend. He arrives with a fellow GHOST operator and thinks keep on turning, escalating, twists. Some then involve Gaiges relatives, throwing another wrench in the works. In the midst of this suspenseful novel we have some steamy sex, and a twist that threw me and Gaige, Sophie and Hawk. Most of thi ...more
Amy Stephens
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I've read a suspense-filled romance packed full of action and adventure, and whoa! did I pick an absolute great one! Defending Sophie was a solid five-star read from start to finish!!

I'm new to P.J. Fiala's writing as well as Susan Stoker's characters, and I'm so happy I decided to give this story a try. From page one, I was glued to my kindle. Like, literally, I stayed up way later than I should because the suspense was killing me.

I loved that we got both Sophie and
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Millennial Book Life Crisis - Samantha
Friends since childhood, Sophie and Gaige were always attracted to each other but neither acted on their feelings. Fast-forward many years, Sophie finds herself in trouble and reaches out to the only person she can count on; Gaige. What starts out as her best friend being found dead by suicide quickly turns into Sophie being wanted for her murder because she looks into the real reason for her best friend’s death. Throughout the course of the book, Sophie and Gaige go through twists and turns tha ...more
Deb Diem
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Defending Sophie is an outstanding romantic suspense by P.J. Fiala. Ms. Fiala has once again delivered a well-written book and a nice smooth read. The characters make this book one that you can't put down once you start it. I totally love them! Sophie is in the Army and she's in trouble. The only person she can think of to help her is Gaige, the man she's had a crush on for years. Gaige pulls a team of his GHOST members together to help and he and Hawk are off to rescue his best friend's si ...more
Amy Mccann
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kari Hansen
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While investigating her friend’s death Sophie has attracted the attention of the wrong people and now she finds herself not only accused of murder but on the run as she has become the target of the people who committed the crime. She calls the one person who she knows can help her who just happens to be her deceased brother’s best friend and the guy she has had a crush on since she was a teenager.

Gaige has left the military and now manages GHOST. When he receives Sophie’s frantic phone call, he
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Island Girl Romance Reads
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My kind of book! Lots of suspense, intrigue and a protective Alpha male and with a strong heroine and a second chance at romance. Loved it!
Sophie Turner is running because they are looking for her for murder and the only person who can help her is her brothers best friend and one of the GHOST creators Gaige Vickers.
Gaige has always longed for Sophie. She’s the one who got away and when she called calling for his help, he will do anything he can to help her and clear her name.
This book is sooo g
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I was born in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri named Bridgeton. During my time in Missouri, I explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, played kickball and endless games of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with my Grandmother, Ruth, are the fondest childhood memories for me.

At the age of thirteen, my family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm. Yes, le
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